Posted on 02/16/2009

HSUS Bludgeons Heartland Dog Owners

Legislation Up For Vote Now In Indiana & Oklahoma, Hearing In

American Sporting Dog Alliance

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The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has launched a 34-
state offensive against people who raise dogs, and the heat has been
turned up to high in Indiana, Illinois and Oklahoma. In all three
states, actions are scheduled for this week that may have a profound
impact on everyone who loves purebred dogs

It is imperative for dog owners in all three states to take a stand
now and play an active role in working to defeat this legislation.

HSUS claims the legislation is meant to regulate “puppy mills,”
which is the derogatory term used by animal rights groups to
describe commercial kennels.

In fact, however, all of this legislation actually is aimed at high
quality avocational breeders of purebred dogs who are not involved
in any way with the wholesale pet trade. The targeted breeders are
the people who work the hardest and care the most about improving
their chosen breed of dogs.

Action is scheduled this week on:

· An Indiana bill that will make anyone who sells even one
litter of puppies a year into a pet dealer. This bill was snuck
through committee with no notice given to dog owners, and has gone
to the full House for a vote. Many serious hobby breeders also would
be classed as commercial kennels for very intense regulation and a
prohibition of outdoor housing that is dangerous for hunting and
working dogs. Many rescue groups also would be destroyed.

· An Illinois bill snags up everyone who owns three intact
breeding females under commercial kennel rules, and sets a 20-dog
maximum on the number of sexually intact dogs that can be owned or
possessed. Many trainers, handlers and serious hobby breeders would
be harmed needlessly. We also urge dog owners to sign our online
petition to stop this bill (see below).

· And an Oklahoma bill passed through committee by an 11-2
vote and is headed toward the full House for a vote. This
legislation targets anyone who sells, offers to sell, gives away or
adopts out 25 or more dogs or puppies a year, by subjecting them to
truly totalitarian enforcement measures. Some rescue programs would
be destroyed.

Each of these states will be profiled separately below.

The American Sporting Dog Alliance recently released reports that
have covered HSUS initiatives this year in Maine, Pennsylvania, New
York, Maryland, New Jersey, Florida, Connecticut, New Hampshire,
Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Illinois, Texas, Minnesota,
California, Montana, Virginia, Colorado and Oregon. Updates and new
reports will be released this week about legislation in California,
Montana, Nebraska, Tennessee, Florida, Washington and Texas. HSUS-
sanctioned legislation is expected soon in Ohio, North Carolina,
Michigan, Arizona, New Mexico and Wisconsin.

HSUS is an extremist animal rights group with the long-range goal of
eliminating all animal ownership in America. It recognizes the
political impossibility of doing this immediately, and thus has
adopted an incremental strategy of tightening the noose. Its
strategy also is to develop and exploit sensational emotional
issues, such as “puppy mills,” and then to extend the definition and
impact far beyond the stated goals. HSUS, which has annual revenues
in excess of $150 million and dozens of employees and professional
lobbyists in many states, is the political arm for the animal rights
movement. It does not operate a single animal shelter anywhere,
despite its name.

HSUS has vowed to strike dog owners in 34 states early in 2009.
Organizations that defend the rights of dog owners are, quite
frankly, being overwhelmed by this concerted attack. HSUS learned a
lesson last year, when dog owners were able to defeat them in almost
every fight, because they were spread out over many months and
allowed us to focus our limited resources. This year’s HSUS strategy
is to attack everywhere at once, and use its army of highly paid
employees and lobbyists to push through legislation quickly. It has
the money, personnel and organization to wage this blitz attack, but
dog owners simply lack the resources to effectively combat it. We
have been placed totally on the defensive.

Thus, we are urging dog owners to get off of the sidelines and take
a very active role. We also are urging you to support at least one
organization that advocates for dog ownership rights with both
donations and a sincere commitment of your time and talents.

We also urge dog owners to form alliances of mutual support with
farm organizations, sportsmen’s groups, firearms rights advocates,
landowners groups, and people who defend property rights. These
diverse organizations fully understand the ramifications of the
animal rights movement on American traditions and life.

Please follow this link to see detailed reports about the
legislation in Indiana, Illinois and Oklahoma, and also to find
information you will need to take constructive action and sign our
online petition: http://eaglerock814.proboards107.com/index.cgi?
action=display&board=general&thread=25 .

Visit us on the Web at http://www.americansportingdogalliance.org,
or contact us at asda@… .